“Which company has released the coolest products for PC users in the past year or two? Hint: it’s not Microsoft, HP or Dell. You guessed it: it’s Apple Computer,” John O’Brien writes for The Courier-Mail. “A few short years ago the idea of Apple selling its products to Windows users would have been unthinkable. But a lot can happen in a few years in hi-tech.”
“Apple conceded defeat in the OS wars in the late ’90s and, aside from a short-lived campaign to lure switchers from Windows, has been content to shore up its small but loyal user base. However, in recent times, it has been branching out into the emerging digital lifestyle consumer space with some cross-platform products,” O’Brien writes.
“First it was the iPod, the hit portable music player which has become a platform unto itself, compatible with both Mac and Windows. This was soon followed by a Windows version of iTunes… recently Apple added PC compatibility to the HomePage part of its .Mac online service, letting subscribers easily create and edit Web pages with Windows XP,” O’Brien writes. “Then last week it released AirPort Express, the world’s first portable wireless base station that also lets you stream music wirelessly from your computer to your home stereo. Again, it works with both Mac and PC. Apple is being selective in what it releases for Windows users